Vermicomposting or Vermiculture is a composting method where worms convert food scraps into two of the best amendments on earth: worm castings, a fancy name for worm poop, and worm tea, a liquid fertilizer derived from either castings and/or the leachate collected from a worm bin.
Vermicomposting is a great way to compost for people who don’t have yard waste, live in apartments, condominiums, or mobile home parks. The worms do most of the work so it would also be an easy method for someone who doesn’t have the strength to do regular composting with yard waste. This type of composting can also be done in a classroom.
This is a completely different system from backyard composting because it does not use yard waste, and is most commonly done in a container which allows for the collection of the leachate. It is neat, easy and odorless when done correctly.
This FREE class teaches residents about vermicomposting, a composting method where worms convert food scraps into two of the best amendments on earth: worm castings, a fancy name for worm poop; and worm tea, a liquid fertilizer derived from either castings or the leachate collected from a worm bin. Residents learn how to care for the worms, make bedding, and harvest a worm bin.
The Make Your Own Worm Bin class is currently available as an on demand video. Click the links in the on-demand section of this page. This class is also offered in person. See the class schedule on the right side for dates and times.
On Demand Vermicomposting & Make Your Own Worm Bin Classes
Worm Bin Kits
Zero Food Waste - Through Vermicomposting
Worm bin kits are now being offered for Vermicomposting. Your Red Wiggler Worms will eat left-over or spoiled fruits and vegetables that are placed into the worm bin. The bottom bin collects liquid from the top bin which will be diluted with water to be used as nourishment for your growing plants. For further information and training on how to care for Red Wiggler Worms, check into the free vermicomposting live virtual classes or recorded class.
Live virtual classes schedule link: Free Classes (rcwaste.org)
Recorded Vermicomposting link: Making Your Own Worm Bin Bedding
Vermicomposting Bin Kit’s Available for Purchase
- Worm Bin Kit Price - $26.00 Cash or Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Service fee applies for credit card purchases.
- Call 951-486-3200 and purchase the bin over the phone.
- Worm bin kits are available for curbside pickup at the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources Administration Office Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Purchaser must show proof of identification that matches the credit card used to purchase the worm bin kit at time of pickup.
- Worm bin kit available for purchase by Riverside County residents only.
- Limit of one worm bin kit per household
- Subject to availability
- No returns on merchandise. Refunds subject to approval.
Community Outreach Links
Community Outreach Files
2023 Class Schedule (English) (Spanish)
Volunteer Flyer (English) (Spanish)
Vermicomposting Documents (pdf)
Making Your Own Worm Bin Kits (English)
Make Your Own Worm Bin Workshop Supply List (English)
Vermicomposting Book (English | Spanish) (recommend printing in booklet mode)
Red Wiggler Worm Suppliers (English)
Vermicomposting Class Resources
Red Wiggler Worm Suppliers (English)
Worms Eat My Garbage, by Mary Applehof (Flower Press, 1997)
The schedule is subject to change without notice. Events may close due to inclement weather. If you require reasonable accommodations, please call our main office at least one week before the event. Please check back often for schedule updates.